Staying Connected

We live in a world that places a high value on staying “connected.”

Technology makes it easier every single day for us to connect with our friends, with our family and with those who share similar views and interests.

I want to use this new “Between the Lions” correspondence as a means to stay connected with you – whether you’re a member of our faculty and staff, a student, or a community supporter. It’s a way to keep you updated regarding issues and events that could have an impact on our campus – from building updates and accomplishments we want to celebrate, to fiscal matters and legislative initiatives, to the latest trends, issues and research in higher education.

Here are a few brief items I’d like to share with you in this initial issue:

Newly elected legislators will be on campus for a visit in early December as they travel around the state. In our brief time with them, we will make our best case for why we need their support at Missouri Southern. Since they won’t have time for a stop at Crowder College, we’ve invited representatives from Crowder to join us for the visit as well.

Maintenance and repair capital funding requests to the state continue to be a priority for us. We have prepared and submitted a $5.2 million request for renovations to Reynolds Hall – funds we would use to update laboratories and infrastructure in this critical but aging building. We’re also applying for a $1.5 million matching grant from the state that would be used for the same purpose. The grant requires a $1.5 million match in private donations, but I am confident we can raise the money (we have already started contacting prospective donors).

In the Missouri General Assembly the pre-filing of bills will start in December, and we will carefully monitor the ebb and flow of proposed legislation relating to higher education and other issues you may find of interest (retirement system changes, insurance modifications, K-12 issues, etc.).

As a reminder, Noel-Levitz will be on campus this Friday to offer morning and afternoon meetings designed to explain and discuss the work they accomplished, their recommendations, and current results. They will also present an abbreviated version of the report at the Board of Governors meeting this Friday at 1 p.m. Please make plans to attend one of these sessions.

Representatives from the Great Game of Business visited Missouri Southern recently to discuss how the plan can work for education.
Representatives from the Great Game of Business recently visited Missouri Southern.

I also want to keep our campus community updated as we begin to implement “The Great Game of Education” at Missouri Southern. Through open-book management practices, everyone will have a voice and a vested interest in our future. As an institute of higher education, we are pioneers in this area and we will carefully craft a system to fit our unique needs. This is a great opportunity, and I’m excited at how it is coming together. I look forward to hearing from you about this initiative.

I plan to offer periodic “Between the Lions” updates for you. My goal is to build and maintain the relationships that are so vital to the success of Missouri Southern State University. The word “connection” implies that communication should flow both ways, so I encourage your questions and comments. Feel free to email me at or call my office at 417-625-9501.

These updates will be archived at for everyone to view.

Let’s stay connected!